The Avery Pulse

November 21st, 2021

Upcoming Dates

  • November 22nd - Tacky Day-Wear Kirkwood Colors of Red/White
  • November 23rd - Webster Groves Spirit Day-Wear Webster Colors of Black/Orange
  • November 24th-November 26th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22nd-January 3 - No School - Winter Break

Pulse Update

There will be no Pulse on Sunday, November 28th.

The next Pulse will be sent to families on Sunday, December 5th.

The Webster Holiday House Tour is back on this year and is COVID-19 safe – it’s outside!


When: Sunday, December 5 from 4-8pm.

What: Eight beautiful homes will be on the tour featuring holiday decorations, music by the Hixson band, free giveaways at every home, holiday inspired activities, and more. Tickets are $20 before the event, and $25 at the door.

Purchase a box of holiday cards designed by Hixson Art students when you purchase your ticket!

There is also an online raffle along with the event. Enter to win up to sixteen amazing prizes worth $100-$500 each. Raffle tickets are $5 for every entry, and discounts apply when you purchase entries in bulk.

Why: This is The PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year that helps support students of all grade levels and teachers at Hixson. Money raised will go directly to supplies and projects that enhance Hixson student’s educational experience. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year.

How: Purchase your ticket online ticket, holiday cards, and raffle entries here:

Hixson Middle School PTO House Tour and Raffle | Hixson Middle School PTO House Tour and Ticket (

Pick up is at Hixson the day of the event starting at 3pm. While you are there, tour the school, pick up the raffle item you won, and enjoy a treat from the Coffee Culture Food Truck!

You can also purchase tickets and holiday cards at Straub’s and Freddie’s Market the week of Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your support!

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Plastic Two Liter Bottles Needed!

Fourth grade is need of plastic two liter bottles. If you have any to donate, please send them to school with your child and we will deliver the bottles to fourth grade teachers. Thank you!
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Science Fair is Here!

If you are interested in participating in the Science Fair this year, please complete the Application Form by Tuesday, December 21st. If you have any questions, please visit our Science Fair website or contact Shayla Pott,

Information below is repeated from the previous Pulse.

Mask Reminder

Please send your child to school each day wearing a mask and place a few extras in their backpacks. We are going through boxes of our disposable masks that we have here at Avery. Thank you for helping us with this!

Chartwells November 2021 Newsletter

2021-2022 Buzz Book

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PTO Fundraiser Information

Donations can be:

  • Mailed or dropped in the PTO Mailbox (located inside of Avery's Main Entrance) All checks should be made payable to Avery PTO
  • Venmo: @averypto
  • Paypal:

Arrival Reminders

Arrival from 7:40-7:50 AM

Bompart Avenue

  • Carpool drop-off only in front of school
  • Parents to remain in vehicles with staff members assisting students
  • No parking during arrival
  • Staff members will supervise at the curb

Marshall Avenue

  • Atrium entrance will be open for arrival for students dropped off on Marshall
  • Staff members will supervise at the curb

Atalanta Avenue

  • We strongly encourage families to travel only from Bompart towards Glen to alleviate congestion and increase safety
  • No parking on sidewalks
  • Staff members will supervise at the curb

Counselor Corner

Kids and Self Talk

Modeling healthy self-talk is a great thing parents and caregivers can do to help foster an open mind. Little ways we model self-talk can make a difference between having a “can do” attitude (like students learned during Habit #1 Be Proactive) and a closed minded or “fixed mindset” approach. Sometimes, we just need to reframe a comment to make it a step toward more proactive self-talk.

For Example:

“Every time I do a math problem I get it wrong. I’m so bad at math.”


“Every time I rework a wrong problem I have another chance to get it right. When I rework a math problem I sometimes get them right.”

Kids that learn healthy self-talk practices have a variety of things that improve as a result! See the image below.

Adults also need reminders about how to use language that does not focus on their flaws. Our self-regulation curriculum The Zones of Regulation talks about having an Inner Critic and an Inner Coach.

Inner Critic-uses negative self-talk to get us nowhere and puts defeating thoughts in my head.

Inner Coach-uses positive self-talk to give us courage and strength to get through hard things.

We all can use reminders about using our Inner Coach and model it for our kids!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have more questions.

Anna Wallace, MA, LPC

Counselor, Avery Elementary

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Title I Program Parent and Family Involvement and Engagement

Crossing Guard Wanted

Avery is in need of a morning and afternoon crossing guard. Please contact Dr. Winkler if you are interested.

Dogs At Dismissal/Arrival

We have been noticing an increasing amount of dogs at both arrival and dismissal. We ask that you please keep your dog on a leash and on the sidewalks away from the main entrances where students are exiting or entering the building. If your child dismisses from the blacktop, please enter the blacktop through the staff parking lot.

Thank you for helping ensure the safety and security of all our Avery All-Stars!

Changes in Dismissal Routine

In the event that you need to pick your child(ren) up from school prior to our original dismissal time, please communicate this change with our front office (Nanci Pollihan or January Wilkins). Please know that we cannot take changes in dismissal after 2:30pm, unless it is an emergency situation.

When being picked up early, students will remain in the classroom until parents arrive to sign them out.

Road Work Ahead

The City of Webster Groves wanted to provide a heads up about upcoming road closures/detours near Avery. These detours will occur in the near future due to contractors working on the electric poles on Marshall Avenue. They are currently working near Deer Creek, but are slowly moving their way up Marshall. The City of Webster Groves expects that they will need to close a portion of Marshall in about 2 weeks for Phase 1 and then each additional phase could follow about 2 weeks after that.

Please see the attachment for additional details.

Canvas Information

To stay connected with the learning in our classrooms, please create a Canvas Observer Account which is our district's learning management system. You will find attached three documents.

  1. Canvas Informational Letter
  2. Creating an Observer Account, Logging into Canvas, and Setting Notifications
  3. Student Accessing Canvas

If you have any questions please contact Tim Brown, Director of Student Assessment, Data and Learning Technologies at

Online Community Bulletin Board

Webster Groves School District Equity Policy

Here is a slideshow teachers are showing to students in grades K-4.

Here is a video teachers are showing to students in 5th grade.

To learn more about the district equity policy, please click here.

A Note from Nurse Vanessa Palmer, RN BSN

We appreciate the WHOLE Avery Elementary community coming together to help keep our school a safe and healthy learning environment. A few ways that parents and caregivers can help:

  • Please keep your student home if they are having any signs or symptoms of illness. Please see the attached Student Symptom Decision Tree for more guidance and to know when it’s safe for your student to return back to school.

  • If your student or anyone else in your household has a pending COVID-19 test or is planning to get tested, please keep all WGSD students home until your family has received a negative test result.

  • If your student has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please keep your student home and email the School Nurse to determine a return date for your student.

  • We do not accept home tests.

  • Allergy symptoms needs to be under control (asymptomatic). This allows for proper mask wearing at school and keeps everyone safe as allergy symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms are very similar. If allergy symptoms are symptomatic, we ask that you please work with your student’s Pediatrician on a better allergy management plan for home.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Vanessa Palmer RN BSN

Avery Elementary School Nurse
School 314-963-6425
Nurse 314-918-4202
Fax 314-963-6490

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Quarantine Expectations

Want to make a submission to The Avery Pulse?

Board policy KI governs what our schools can distribute to students.

To qualify for direct distribution to students and families, the
information must be:

  • district-sponsored information
  • something from a group affiliated* with the district.
  • curriculum-related, as determined by the principal, including programs, events, contests and other activities.

*Affiliated is defined as a group recognized by the Board of Education and working

collaboratively with the district, such as a business partner OR is a
group created soley to work with district staff, students and parents
to raise fund for district activities (PTOs, booster clubs, the

Regarding signs, only signs for school or district groups (sponsored
or affiliated) can be placed on school grounds.

You can read the board policy here

If you are a non-profit organization that doesn't qualify for direct distribution to students and families, you can contact Cathy Vespereny ( who is our Director of Communication and she will ensure that your flyer is posted on the community electronic bulletin.

If your information fits the above criteria, you can make a submission to

Submissions are due on Thursdays at 5pm.